Don't ask why but I am going to resurrect my early Canon F1 and am will be looking for information on available 35mm film types and sources. My two favourites were Tri-X and Kodachrome, but I have not bought any since the mid 1980s.
According to my (possibly inaccurate) count of a list on Wikipedia, there are currently 33 manufactures
making a total of 156 different types of film. About 20 new types in the last two years.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_photographic_films
Eastman Kodak reformulated Tri-X in 2002 to reduce the silver content. According to Steve Anschell,
it's now a semi-tabular grain film with a dye sensitizer. Looks about the same to me, but developing
I like Ilford B&W films:
* Pan F Plus Professional ISO 50
* FP4 Plus ISO 125
* HP5 Plus ISO 400
FP4 Plus 125 is a good medium speed, traditional film. And HP5 Plus 400 is even better than Tri-X
for push processing -- it's probably closer to pre-2002 Tri-X than current Tri-X is. (If you develop
your own film, be aware that tabular grain films like Kodak T-MAX require fast fixer--slow fixer
won't completely fix them, according to Kodak.)
I used to shoot Anscochrome for color slides. It's long gone--and so is my interest in color slides.
When I need to shoot color negative film, Kodak Etar 100 and Kodak Porta 400 cover almost all
situations. I've also shot Fujifilm C200, because it's easy to find.
I try to buy from a camera store when I can find one, but sometimes I end up buying from Amazon.
Wherever you buy your film, check he date code and make sure it is fresh. Also, try not to buy film
that has been stored in a hot environment.
If you can't find a good lab near where you live, I have had good luck with the following (both in business
for more than 40 years):
Dale Laboratories , Hollywood, FLhttps://www.dalelabs.com/
North Coast Photographic Services, Carlsbad, CAhttp://northcoastphoto.com/
Both offer many special services and custom printing--whatever you need, talk to them,
they probalby can do it.